painting

Max Gun Paint WIP

My friends kid is having his 5th birthday next weekend and what better gift than a custom nerf gun? well a lot of  other things would be better but that's what hes getting form me any way :)

cliff notes :


  • black spray base cote 
  • mask off areas
  • brown spray coat
  • hairspray
  • color
  • remove mask 
(currently at this point)
  • light  wet sand paper until desired ware 
  • brown wash on color and wipe off 
  • sand color on black parts and wipe off
  • shoot someone 

Assault rifle final with variants

This was an an experiment to expand my portfolio and try and go through the process of concepting .By doing this it was clear to me that thumb nails are a key part of concepting not only for myself but for your client.
When i was coming up the with the design for this i was drawing in ball point pen on a piece of yellow stripped paper which you could show to a client but it may be a point where they are unable to give you feed back because they dont see what you see hidden in the lines and the mess.Because of this i have been practicing doing pages of themed thumb nails on plain paper.
As I move onto the next exercise i will make sure i am able to present my work along the way in some fashion.nothing fancy but something that conveys some clear ideas.What may seem like chicken scratch to me is a valuable tool in creating a pleasant interaction between you and your client .

any way yes Assault rifle ! The original was painted in grey scale with acrylics then scanned and cleaned up colored and rearranged in Photoshop.

Space Squirrel painted

got him finished last week but just now posting him .scanning these paintings doesn't seem to do them justice but i think its not  helping that there recently gloss coated either.Still trying to get a method down for finishing my stuff:/
  The pumpkin paining i did a few weeks ago was a lesson in quickly under coating with color as well as some real simple shadow work which i used here as well.I mixed burnt sienna, yellow and white and thinned it down as a wash then pure burnt sienna to block in the shadows and shape .

 originally I had worked in a brownish bounce light onto the blue metallic suit but it looked very confused and didn't give the viewer any good clear information so i painted it out .

Painted Astro!

  I told you i would do it !So yeah i got this done yesterday .it was lots of fun . I drew it a while back and inked it with a brush and black ink. I was under the impression it was water proof but when i started painting over it  bled into the paint a bunch . Once the first layer was on and i was more or less painting on paint it was OK .I guess the trick would be to get some sort of spray coat between the ink and the paint .Ive recently Heard of transparent Gesso so i may give that a try . We will see what i come up with .Any suggestions?